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Japanese Word of the Day - change (verb)

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変える (かえる) change (verb)

カメレオンは、自分の色をオレンジ、緑、黄色に変えました。
カメレオンは、じぶんのいろをオレンジ、みどり、きいろにかえました。
The chameleon changed its color to orange, green and yellow.

彼女はリモコンで番組を変えています。
かのじょはリモコンでばんぐみをかえています。
She is changing the channel with the remote control.

起業家は、自分達のアイデアで世界を変えます。
きぎょうかは、じぶんたちのアイデアでせかいをかえます。
Entrepreneurs change the world with their ideas.

会議の進行によって、時には、予定を変更することも大事だ。
かいぎのしんこうによって、ときには、よていをへんこうすることもだいじだ。
At times it is necessary to revise a schedule as the meeting goes on.

仕事を変える
しごとをかえる
change an occupation

予定を変更する
よていをへんこうする
revise the schedule

原稿を改訂する
げんこうをかいていする
revise a manuscript

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How to Overcome the Top 4 Japanese Learning Fears

Every Japanese learner will have these fears“I’m not good enough yet.” “I don’t think I’m making any progress.” “What if I never reach my goals?” Japanese learning fears – we all get them from time to time. What are yours? And are they worth being scared of?

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In this blog post, we’re killing the top 4 Japanese learning fears – 1) what are the fears learners tend to have the most and 2) how you can overcome them!

Here are the top 4 language learning fears according to our users:

1. “I’m not good enough to start speaking yet.”

Do you feel like you’re not good enough to start speaking yet? It’s a pretty common fear or misconception that most learners have. Here’s how you overcome it:

  • The best way to get good at speaking is to start speaking from day 1.
    So if you’re holding yourself back, because you think you’re not good enough, well, that’s exactly why you’re not good enough. You need to open your mouth and start talking!
  • If you think you’re not good enough, just learn Japanese lines you want to say!
    In our lessons, you get the exact phrases and scripts for introducing yourself making small talk, ordering food, expressing opinions, and much more! So if you think you’re not good enough, the lessons will give you the exact lines to say.
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    2. “I’m afraid I’ll never be fluent.”

    Many successful Japanese learners worried about that, only as a beginner. They started learning Japanese and, it’s funny because the better their Japanese got, the less they were worried about that. So, how can you overcome this?

  • You’ve got to set small, specific goals.
    Fluency is a big vague goal. Arguably, we don’t even speak fluent in our native language. There are over a million words and we use about 2,000 words only. So you should focus on smaller goals like being able to introduce yourself or having a 5-minute conversation. Or 10 minutes. Something you can measure so you know you reached it because you can’t really measure fluency. It’s a pretty vague goal! But you can measure small goals like having a 5-minute conversation. And as these small goals add up, you’ll be speaking very comfortably!
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    3. “I’m afraid that I’m not making any progress.”

    In other words, getting stuck. If you’re afraid you’re not making progress, there are two things you can do right now.

  • Use the dashboard to track your progress.
    If you need numbers to believe it, our dashboard tracks all the lessons you’ve completed and shows how much you’ve accomplished.
  • Try a harder lesson on the site.
    It sounds crazy and you might not understand it but you will in minutes. Our lessons come with line-by-line translations and the lesson hosts explain everything. THEN, you’ll be making progress because you now understand something you didn’t minutes ago.
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    4. “I’m afraid of not understanding anything I hear”.

    This is very common. You hear advanced grammar and vocabulary and it goes completely over your head. To beat this…

  • If you’re taking an advanced lesson, simply read along.
    Reading along with our line-by-line tool is the best way to instantly understand advanced conversations. The translations and scripts are right in front of you.
  • For real-life situations, learn useful phrases.
    Like “Can you say it more slowly?,” “Can you use simpler words?” or “I don’t understand what that meant.” There’s nothing wrong with saying that you didn’t understand something or with asking for help. And our Survival Phrases lessons cover must-know phrases like this.
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    Japanese Word of the Day - jellyfish (noun)

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    クラゲ (クラゲ) jellyfish (noun)

    クラゲが、水の中を漂っている。
    クラゲが、みずのなかをただよっている。
    The jellyfish are bobbing in the water.

    クラゲが海を泳いでいる。
    クラゲがうみをおよいでいる。
    The jellyfish is swimming in the ocean.

    透明なクラゲ
    とうめいなクラゲ
    transparent jellyfish

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    Japanese Word of the Day - wristwatch (noun)

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    腕時計 (うでどけい) wristwatch (noun)

    腕時計は、身に付けて便利なアイテムだ。
    うでどけいは、みにつけてべんりなアイテムだ。
    A wristwatch is a convenient item to wear.

    銀の腕時計
    ぎんのうでどけい
    silver wrist watch

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    Japanese Word of the Day - kind (na-adjective)

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    親切 (しんせつ) kind (na-adjective)

    年配の女性に花を贈るのは、親切なことだ。
    ねんぱいのじょせいにはなをおくるのは、しんせつなことだ。
    Giving the elderly woman flowers is a kind act.

    彼女は、笑顔が素敵で、親切な人だ。
    かのじょは、えがおがすてきで、しんせつなひとだ。
    She is a kind person with a big smile.

    親切な行為
    しんせつなこうい
    kind act

    親切心
    しんせつしん
    a kind heart

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    Japanese Word of the Day - hat (noun)

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    帽子 (ぼうし) hat (noun)

    その帽子に赤いマフラーが似合いそうだ。
    そのぼうしにあかいマフラーがにあいそうだ。
    A red scarf would look nice with that hat.

    彼は薄くなった髪の生え際を隠すために帽子をかぶっている。
    かれはうすくなったかみのはえぎわをかくすためにぼうしをかぶっている。
    He wears a hat to cover his thinning hairline.

    黒い帽子
    くろいぼうし
    black hat

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    Japanese Word of the Day - chicken (noun)

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    にわとり (にわとり) chicken (noun)

    ニワトリとヒヨコが食べ物をついばんでいる。
    ニワトリとヒヨコがたべものをついばんでいる。
    The chicken and chicks are pecking at their food.

    白いニワトリ
    しろいニワトリ
    white chicken

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    Japanese Word of the Day - volleyball (noun)

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    バレーボール (バレーボール) volleyball (noun)

    浜辺でバレーボールをしよう。
    はまべでバレーボールをしよう。
    Let’s play volleyball at the beach.

    チームでバレーボールをしている。
    チームでバレーボールをしている。
    The teams are playing volleyball.

    ビーチバレーボールは、見るのもするのも楽しい。
    ビーチバレーボールは、みるのもするのもたのしい。
    It’s fun to watch and to play beach volleyball.

    ビーチバレーボール
    ビーチバレーボール
    beach volleyball

    バレーボールをする
    バレーボールをする
    play volleyball

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    Japanese Word of the Day - forehead (noun)

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    額 (ひたい) forehead (noun)

    その女性は、額にはっきりとしたシワがある。
    そのじょせいは、ひたいにはっきりとしたシワがある。
    The woman has clear wrinkles on her forehead.

    彼は頭が痛くなると、額をさすります。
    かれはあたまがいたくなると、ひたいをさすります。
    When he has a headache, he rubs his forehead.

    額のシワ
    ひたいのシワ
    wrinkles on the forehead

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    Japanese Word of the Day - documentary (noun)

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    ドキュメンタリー (ドキュメンタリー) documentary (noun)

    男性はドキュメンタリーを撮影している。
    だんせいはドキュメンタリーをさつえいしている。
    The man is shooting a documentary.

    ドキュメンタリー映画
    ドキュメンタリーえいが
    documentary film

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